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Last movie of the month for 2012 and it features Life of Pie, a movie that has already made my top ten of the year.  will it be my movie of the month?  

Sightseers: A comedy that about a caravanning couple on a killing spree. Not as fucked up as director Ben Wheatley’s previous film Kill List. The humour is dry and jet black, not for everyone but I loved it.Sightseers

Life of Pi: I was a little skeptical about seeing this movie, I had heard it was a bit preachy and how interesting can a film about a boy in a boat be? I also hate 3D. I shouldn’t have worried, as previous mentioned; the 3D is the best I have ever seen, the story is great as well as being stunning to look at.Life Of Pi

Seven Psychopaths: This film was always going to be compared to director Martin McDonagh’s previous film In Bruges, it isn’t as good but does have its moments and is worth watching for Sam Rockwell alone.Seven Psychopaths

The Man with the Iron Fists: Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA makes his directorial debut with this ‘Quentin Tarantino Presents’ martial arts pastiche. Taken on its own merits it isn’t terrible but I would rather watch an old Woo-ping Yuen or Toshiya Fujita movie. Russell Crowe is really wooden and should be banned from attempting English accents.The Man with the Iron Fists

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: I was sceptical about Peter Jackson’s return to Middle Earth, particularly turning 310 pages into nine hours of cinema. It is too long and it isn’t as good as The Fellowship of the Ring, but it is still really good and enjoyable. Martin Freeman is possibly the most perfectly cast hobbit to date.2012, THE HOBBIT -  UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

Jack Reacher: Like so many successful book to film adaptations Jack Reacher takes the cliff notes of the book and finds its own way from A to B. It has its problems, but Tom Cruise’s height isn’t one of them.Tom Cruise Jack Reacher

Pitch Perfect: Collage drama about an a cappella singing group. It doesn’t offer anything that hasn’t been done before. Rebel Wilson is funny and deserves her own vehicle. Anna Kendrick is as great as ever but is better than the movie deserves.Pitch Perfect

Movie of the Month is:Life of Pi

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“She stepped off the bus out into the city streets

Just a small town girl with her whole life packed

In a suitcase by her feet”

I tend to hate musicals but must admit I have a certain curiosity, all be it morbid, with Rock of Ages due out next month. It is clearly intentionally clichéd and cheesy, Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand look like they are having a lot of fun. The main reason for my interest, however is the music. There was a certain style of music, a sort of Pop Rock sometimes know as Glam Metal or Hair Metal that was very much of its time in the 1980s. As a child of the 70’s my musical taste was very much formed from in the mid 80’s. Although I have a wide and varied taste, I often dip into my old 80s rock. So here is my Rock of Ages inspired top ten hair metal tracks from the 80’s*.

Back In Black by AC/DC from Back in Black (1980)

Don’t Stop Believin by Journey from Escape (1981)

Runaway by Bon Jovi from Bon Jovi (1984)

Here I Go Again by Whitesnake from 1987 aka Whitesnake (1987)

Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses from Appetite for Destruction (1987)

Never Tear Us Apart by INXS from Kick (1987)

I Cry Myself to Sleep at Night by Romeo’s Daughter from Romeo’s Daughter (1988)

Fallen Angel by Poison from Open Up & Say… Ahh! (1988)

Janie’s Got A Gun by Aerosmith from Pump (1989)

Dr. Feelgood by Mötley Crüe from Dr. Feelgood (1989)

*this isn’t a list of my top ten 80’s records, but one that fit’s the genre, however I must admit I love them all! It is however worth mentioning that I have throw it together from memory with no research so have probably missed lots of great records.

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